Ford is delaying the launch of its forthcoming all-electric Explorer SUV from mid-2023 to at the very least December 2024, in line with Automotive News. The rollout of an all-electric Lincoln Aviator constructed on the identical shared Ford EV platform can be being delayed alongside that very same timeframe.
Ford additionally now not plans to construct the 2 EVs at its manufacturing facility in Cuautitlan, Mexico, the place it makes the Mustang Mach-E, in line with the report. The firm confirmed the automobiles in May.
Emma Bergg, Ford’s director of EV communications, declined to verify the delay however mentioned that Ford now plans to make use of the complete plant in Cuautitlan for Mach-E manufacturing.
“We have unprecedented demand for Mustang Mach-E and we are going to scale production quickly to meet demand. We are now planning to utilize the entire Cuautitlan plant for production of Mach-E,” Bergg wrote in an electronic mail. She added that Ford now plans to make as many as 200,000 Mach-Es per yr by 2023.
The delay implies that the third electrical car in Ford’s North American lineup, following the Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning, now is perhaps a rumored midsize SUV much like the Edge. CEO Jim Farley has hinted at all-electric variations of the brand new Bronco SUV and Maverick compact pickup, although the corporate hasn’t mentioned when these could be constructed.
Ford’s EV ambitions haven’t dampened, although. The firm just lately ramped up the quantity of F-150 Lightnings it plans to make in the approaching years. It’s additionally hiring further staff to deal with the demand for the electrical pickup truck. The automaker has mentioned it needs to make 600,000 EVs worldwide by 2023.
“Our goal is to become the clear No. 2 electric vehicle maker in North America within the next couple years and then challenge for No. 1,” Bergg wrote in the e-mail.
Ford’s Explorer SUV is one of its hottest automobiles outdoors of the F-Series lineup of vehicles. The Explorer can be one of the driving forces of the corporate’s dominance in the police and safety car market. With the Biden administration incentivizing authorities fleets to go electrical, which means Ford might need to concentrate on introducing pursuit-rated variations of its different EVs whereas the Explorer waits in the wings. And, in reality, it’s already doing this — the Mustang Mach-E handed Michigan state police assessments in September and can get examined by the Department of Homeland Security in 2022.
Lincoln is rumored to be engaged on electrical variations of the smaller Nautilus and Corsair EVs that would hit the market earlier than the delayed Aviator. Lincoln beforehand canceled an EV it was co-developing with Rivian in 2020. Ford, which owns roughly 12 p.c of Rivian, additionally dropped a undertaking with the EV startup in November.